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  • Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

Facebook said Tuesday that it's testing video advertisements that show up in its users' news feeds, creating another potential source of advertising revenue for the social network.

Under the current plan, the advertisements automatically start playing without sound when they appear. Users can click on a video to view it with sound, or scroll past it if they're not interested.

Facebook said it's been testing the silent auto-playing videos for video content shared between Facebook users since September, and has since seen a 10 percent increase in the number of videos watched, liked, shared and commented on.

Facebook said the new format will allow its advertisers to reach a large number of people in a short amount of time, while also improving the quality of advertisements its users see in their news feeds.

The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company emphasized that the idea is still in the More

  • Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

The Publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) have announced nominees in five categories, with the winners to be announced at their 51st Annual Awards Luncheon to be held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Friday, February 28, 2014.

Nominees for the Les Mason Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor they can bestow on one of their members, are Sharon Black, director of written communications, Warner Bros. Pictures; Maureen O'Malley, senior staff publicist, Warner Bros. Pictures International; Michael Singer, VP marketing and publicity, Jerry Bruckheimer Films; Murray Weissman, founder/chairman of Weissman/Markovitz Communications; and Deborah Wuliger, unit publicist.

Nominees for the Press Award honoring members of the American media are Ed Douglas, ComingSoon(.)net; Michael Fleming, Deadline Hollywood; Tim Gray, Senior Vice President, Variety; Jeff Jensen, More

  • Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

Harvey and Bob Weinstein are reuniting with the film company they founded, with plans already in the works to capitalize on their old movie library.

The Weinstein Co. announced Monday that it will produce and distribute films and TV shows based on Miramax's library of hundreds of titles. The Weinsteins plan to develop TV series based on the films "Good Will Hunting" and "Flirting With Disaster," and are exploring sequels or TV shows based on the cult comedy "Swingers" and the Oscar-winning "Shakespeare in Love."

The Weinsteins founded Miramax in 1979, naming it after their parents, Max and Miriam. They built it into one of the most successful independents in the movie business, churning out many of the hits of 1990s independent cinema ("Pulp Fiction") and a number of award winners ("Chicago").

Miramax was acquired by the Walt Disney Co. in 1993. The Weinsteins left in 2005 to form the Weinstein More

  • Monday, Dec. 16, 2013
This Sept. 22, 2013 file photo shows actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus backstage with the award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for her role on "Veep" at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)

The Television Academy is adding six new members to its Hall of Fame, including former "Seinfeld" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jay Leno.

The academy's Hall of Fame selection committee announced the list of inductees for 2014 on Monday.

Louis-Dreyfus is a four-time Emmy Award winner and Leno is known as the host of the "Tonight Show." They'll be joined by media magnate Rupert Murdoch, writer-producer David E. Kelley and network executive Brandon Stoddard.

Sound pioneer Ray Dolby will be inducted posthumously.

The new Hall of Fame members will be honored at a Beverly Hills ceremony in March.

Past honorees include Lucille Ball, Walt Disney, Bob Hope and Bill Cosby.

  • Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

New York Festivals World’s Best Advertising announced the second round of the 2014 Executive Jury appointments. For the fourth year in a row, the Executive Jury, a “dream team” of 30 elite worldwide chief creative officers will assemble together April 25th – 29th on one panel in New York City to select the World’s Best Advertising across all mediums.

The second round of the 2014 Executive Jury includes:

    * Mike Geiger, President & Chief Integration Officer, JWT North America, USA
    * Ronald Ng, Chief Creative Officer, BBDO & Proximity Singapore, Singapore
    * KV Sridhar, Chief Creative Officer India Sub Continent, Leo Burnett, India
    * Luiz Sanches, Chief Creative Officer & Partner, Almap BBDO, Brazil
    * Erik Vervroegen, International Creative Director, Publicis Worldwide, France

Additional Executive Jury appointments are forthcoming.

“New York Festivals two-tiered judging system More

  • Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

TBWA\Chiat\Day New York is restructuring and recruiting to its strategy team, solidifying digital at the heart of daily brand planning and building for future client needs.

The agency is focusing on further broadening the role of the strategist to include search, social and digital media proficiencies and to essentially, bridge traditional strategy and digital strategy.

The new team hires include:

Jared Cohen, sr. digital strategist, who brings with him client-side experience as global digital manager for Samsung Electronics. Jared’s expertise lies in analytics, insight and inclusion. Jared is also known for his entrepreneurial vision that comes from his background in Internet radio content production.

Nicole Hering, brand strategist, formerly of digital agency 360i, was a strategist for Downy, Kraft Cheese and NBC Universal.

Dakota Green, planner, was a former strategist at Woods Witt Dealy & Sons where he helped More

  • Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

Carat has appointed Alex Crowther, former CEO of MediaCom Asia Pacific, as global client president. In this role, Crowther will be responsible for leading the General Motors business and continuing Carat’s track management of the $3 billion global account.

Crowther returns to Carat, where he once worked at Carat International, after a 19-year hiatus, and brings 26 years of global experience in the media industry to his new position. Prior to Carat, Crowther was CEO Asia Pacific for the global media network MediaCom, part of WPP’s GroupM, sitting on the Asia Pacific board of GroupM and global board of MediaCom. During his first three years at MediaCom, Crowther helped to double to size and scale of the business in Asia Pacific by winning multiple Procter & Gamble country assignments, Coca-Cola in several territories and many other globally recognized brands.

Prior to MediaCom, Crowther served as More

  • Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

Facebook will join the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index, replacing technology supplier Teradyne Inc., while Abercrombie & Fitch is downgraded from the benchmark index.

S&P Dow Jones Indices on Wednesday announced a broader reshuffling of several of its market trackers, effective after the close of trading Dec. 20.

Shares of Menlo Park, Calif.-based Facebook Inc. have surged 86 percent this year and picked up nearly 4 percent in after-hours trading. The company is also joining the S&P 100 index.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013
In this 2006 file photo provided by The Publicity Office, Christopher Evan Welch and Mia Barron appear in a scene from "The Pain and the Itch,'' by Bruce Norris at off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons. (AP Photo/The Publicity Office, Joan Marcus, File)
Christopher Evan Welch
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- 

Christopher Evan Welch, the actor whose roles on New York stages led to a series of film and television parts, including a regular spot on AMC's "Rubicon," has died in Southern California.

His family said in a statement Wednesday that Welch died Dec. 2 in Santa Monica. He was 48 and had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

The Dallas-born actor won an Obie Award in 2000 for his performance in "A Streetcar Named Desire" at the New York Theatre Workshop.

On television, Welch had roles in "The Sopranos" and "The Good Wife," in addition to the conspiracy-themed drama "Rubicon."

Last year he played a clerk in the House of Representatives in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln."

Welch is survived by his wife, Emma, their daughter June Harper, his parents, a brother and a sister.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013

Twitter's stock flew to a new high Tuesday and shares are up 26 percent this week after the social media site rolled out a new targeted advertising program.

The company announced in a blog Thursday that its "tailored audiences" platform will let advertisers focus on a specific group of people and target ads to them on Twitter. For example, a business can choose to focus on recent visitors to its website. Those website visitors that have a Twitter account could them be matched with a related promoted tweet.

Twitter said it tested the program for several months and is now making it available worldwide.

The announcement of the new ad platform is just the latest item for investors to feast on. Earlier this month Apple bought Topsy Labs in a deal that will provide the iPhone maker with more insights about the chatter on Twitter. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Since going public on Nov. 7 More

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